OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Ranger baseball team knocked sixth-seeded Rogers State University out of the 2010 Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament, downing the Hillcats 6-3 at Jim Wade Stadium. With the win, the Rangers advanced to 34-21 overall and will play the winner of Oklahoma City/Southern Nazarene at 7 p.m.
Northwestern struck first, scoring three runs in the first inning. Tom Huddleston led the game off with a walk, followed by Wade Schwerdtfeger’s hit by pitch. Tom O’Gorman singled in Huddleston followed by Zach Theademan’s RBI single to the left side, scoring courtesy runner Clint Dodds. O’Gorman scored the Rangers’ third run of the inning after scoring on Jacob Walsh’s single, the Rangers’ third consecutive hit.
Rogers State scored its first run as they tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly to right.
The Rangers extended the score to 5-1 as Vincent Valdez singled and scored on Theademan’s second hit of the game during the third inning. Theademan was plated as Jacob Walsh singled to center.
RSU battled back with two more runs in the fourth, to pull within two runs, 6-3.
Northwestern held Rogers State scoreless over the remaining five innings, getting some fine defensive plays. The Rangers posted back-to-back double plays in the seventh and eighth innings to get out of any unforeseen jams.
Tom O'Gorman hit his 17th home run of the season in the ninth inning to round out the scoring at 6-3.
Danny Santiago advanced to 8-5 on the season, pitching six innings and striking out six batters. He allowed just four hits and three runs in 27 batters faced. Josh Swain received his third save of the game after pitching three innings.
The Rangers had one more hit than the Hillcats, holding that advantage 9-8. Four Rangers had hits in the game, with Theademan going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Valdez, O’Gorman and Walsh all had a two-hit game. O’Gorman hit his team-leading 17th home run of the season, while Valdez extended his single-season doubles record to 27.
Northwestern (34-21) will play the loser of the Oklahoma City/Southern Nazarene game which takes place at 4 p.m. Listen to the action live as Todd Miller will be broadcasting over the internet at www.nwosu.edu/broadcast or on 1430 AM KALV.
Tue, May 11, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt